Celebrities and renowned Dunkin’ enthusiasts Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were spotted dining at Bar Enza, chef Mark Ladner’s new-ish Italian spot inside the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, on Monday night. Lopez ordered a steak, and the pair, along with Lopez’s twin children and Affleck’s daughter Seraphina, ate focaccia, antipasti, a pesto pasta, and “drank lots of Diet Cokes,” according to a rep for the restaurant. Boston has been seeing a lot of both Afflecks lately: Ben commandeered the drive-thru at a Medford Dunkin’ shop for a Super Bowl commercial earlier this year, and legendary 24-hour North End bakery Bova’s shut down in late March to accommodate younger brother Casey and Matt Damon, who were filming scenes for an upcoming movie, the Instigators. (Ben is also a producer on the film.)
Pagu kicks off a roundtable dinner series this month
Chef and owner Tracy Chang of Central Square hit Pagu is kicking off a new dinner series, dubbed Roundtable, starting on Wednesday, April 19. The series is open to the public and the first dinner includes a five-course meal followed by a panel discussion on sustainability with chefs including Chang, David Vargas (of Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Vida Cantina), Christine Lau (formerly head chef at NYC’s Kimika), Kenshi Imura (Cafe Sushi in Cambridge), and Jordan Rubin (Mr. Tuna, Bar Futo, and Crispy Gai in Portland, Maine). Chang said in a statement that she is launching the series to keep fostering the community connection between restaurants and the public and acts of mutual aid that grew in popularity during the pandemic. Tickets for the April 19 dinner start at $120 per person.
A century-old bakery in Brookline goes up for sale
The New Paris Bakery, a Brookline fixture that has been in operation for over 100 years and is known for its eclairs, is going up for sale, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. Owner Roula Kappas commented within a neighborhood Facebook group that the bakery will stay open through September.
Davio’s pairs up with Massachusetts brewery Harpoon for IPA collab
Steakhouse chain Davio’s has partnered with local brewery Harpoon for a juicy blood orange IPA only available on draft at Davio’s 11 locations, according to a rep for the steakhouse.